Kayaker Jen Watson Dies on Little White

Boat flipped on Washington river

Caty Enders

On Saturday, kayaker Jennifer Watson died on the Little White Salmon, a Class V river in Washington’s Columbia River Gorge. She was 38.¬†Watson, an experienced kayaker from Portland, Oregon, was paddling with a group of 10 kayakers when she flipped and swam from her boat. She was flushed into a cave and drowned. The group attempted CPR but was unable to revive Watson. Her body has been recovered. This was Watson’s first time paddling the Little White Salmon.

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